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Trade Center memorial gets a landscape lift

<font face="Times New Roman">A revised World Trade Center memorial will add lush greenery and park plazas around the sunken, reflecting pools that mark the collapsed towers’ footprints, the project architect announced Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show.</font></p>
Image: Artist's rendering of World Trade Center memorial
This rendering shows lush greenery incorporated around the World Trade Center memorial design, which initially was to have a few scattered pines.Dbox for Lower Manhattan Development Corp. via AP
/ Source: NBC News and news services

The memorial will be one of two focal points at the trade center site, along with the 1,776-foot glass skyscraper known as the Freedom Tower. Four other buildings are planned where the trade center once stood.

The jury, which included Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin and the widow of a trade center victim, took eight months to pick the winning design from 5,201 submissions.

Families like new lookWhen eight memorial finalists were announced Nov. 19, reaction was generally negative, with critics complaining that the proposals were too generic and failed to evoke the horror of the 2001 attack on the trade center.